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Drama Year 9

Aims:
Further develop performance skills and knowledge of styles and form, with a focus on characterisation, movement, use of voice and critical analysis of their own and other people’s work.

To prepare through assessment and range of practical assessment for KS4-type projects, with a wider scope for independent study, rehearsal and content.

Greater emphasis on a more experimental and less Naturalistic approach to text and subject matter.

Content:
Introduction to improvisation: Development of non-scripted work through techniques to encourage fluency of thought, imagination and creativity.
From page to stage: A range of techniques for responding to, and adapting script, including a selection of dramatic styles and forms,
Commedia dell ‘arte: Historical context, characterisation, physical comedy/’Lazzi’, group scripted performance.
Shakespeare/stage combat: Examination of character and language in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ combined with stage combat techniques, leading to a choreographed section of the play.
Our Day Out: Scripted unit of work, pupils studying a script and bringing characters to life effectively. Social, historical and cultural aspects of a script
Devised: GCSE-type unit, looking at a range of non-Naturalistic acting styles, group presentations, with GCSE preparation and presentation criteria and marks used.

Assessment:
Apart from Scheme 1, assessed from the list below, according to the task.

Group Skills, Use of Drama Techniques, Performing Characters, Staying in role, Responding to ideas and performances.

Extra Curricular:
Students have the opportunity to participate in a Lower School Drama club, which leads towards a range of performances throughout the year, from assemblies to a showcase evening.

Useful Websites:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A593589